Sep 292010
 
Authors: Ian Hopkins

“Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions” literally takes on a new dimension in 3D beat-em-up video games, and it’s a refreshing change of pace from similar games I’ve played.

The premise of the game has Spider-Man and three of his alter-dimension egos working together to restore time and space to the norm.

Even better, each version of Spider-Man is its own character and lends to the game’s intrigue. “Shattered Dimensions” looks like a moving comic book and fits the game perfectly because the story would fit perfectly in a comic book.

Having cell-shaded comic book style graphics in “Shattered Dimensions” was the only way I can imagine this game being designed.

The game looks stunning, and it plays beautifully. But I can’t help but mention the frustrations with the camera. It easily gets in the way during fights with lots of enemies and is just cumbersome in general. The camera also complicates moving around each level, but it isn’t a huge issue.

The game has an enjoyable soundtrack, with well-done voice acting. Some of the music is definitely top notch, on par with scores in elite games like “Call of Duty” and “Super Mario.”

The actual script … sucks.

The writers tried to be witty but come across as half-wits. It’s unfortunate because the rest of this game sounds phenomenal.

Controlling Spider-Man is a pretty average experience. The game walks you through each maneuver and helps you learn how to play quickly and easily.

There are some frustrating moments running around the different levels and fighting, but overall “Shattered Dimensions” plays how you would expect, and the longer you play the easier the game gets to play.

The story to “Shattered Dimensions” is straight from the pages of a comic book, and it is one of the most refreshing stories I’ve seen in quite some time. As far as I can tell, it will be fantastic through the end.
Plus, there are collectable spider tokens, about 180 challenges to complete and three difficulties. It will keep perfectionists coming back for more until everything is found and finished.

This is a good game, and I would definitely recommend it for Spider-Man fans and people looking to try out a new game. It’s definitely worth at least a rental and possibly a purchase.

Video game reviewer Ian Hopkins can be reached at verve@collegian.com.

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